The Holidays are almost upon us and if you’re not feeling the same tingle of excitement you normally feel at this time of year, you’re certainly not alone.
Decorating and putting lights up, holiday baking, the excitement of planning the perfect surprise gift, and buying just the right wrapping paper, may not have sparked the usual Spirit of Christmas this year.
We’re living in unusual times.
With Covid 19 continuing to threaten our safety and making it difficult for friends and families to share good tidings, many are facing a quieter-than-usual Holiday. Christmas or Holiday dinners may be celebrated over zoom with children, grandchildren, parents and friends staying in bubbles of safety.
The past months have challenged our mental and emotional health.
If you’re finding yourself on an emotional rollercoaster with food, your body or just everything in general right now, it’s completely understandable. We’ve been adjusting and accommodating for many months now and it doesn’t look like it’s going to change anytime soon.
Despite all that’s happening in our world and during the Holidays, there is one thing that can help ease your angst:
The Gift of Gratitude
While gratitude isn’t the only thing needed to help you stay strong and healthy, it is an antidote to feeling that life is giving you lemons over the Holidays.
If you have an inkling of doubt about how powerful this gift can be, this short video may help convince you otherwise. It has it all - music, powerful words and inspiring images to uplift and inspire you.
The word “gratitude” comes from the Latin “gratus” meaning “pleasing or thankful”. Simply put, gratitude “…is a positive emotion felt after being the beneficiary of some sort of gift.”
Gratitude has been thought about for at least 2,000 years.
Ancient Philosophers such as Cicero and Seneca believed that gratitude created the foundation for civilization's success. Many religions believe that gratitude for a higher power is important in creating a good life. Judaism, Christianity, Islam and Buddhism, all have various gratitude practices embedded within their religious or spiritual forms.
The Benefits of Gratitude have been researched extensively. The results correlate with greater happiness, a more positive outlook on life, better health, increased determination and improved self-worth.
And, let’s not forget the reciprocal benefit that comes when gratitude is expressed. It extends beyond sharing words of appreciation and thanks to someone special. The exchange of positive energy and warm feelings that flow freely between the giver and the recipient is palpable. This moment can never be recreated in exactly the same way again - it truly is a special gift.
How to Share the Gift of Gratitude
Here’s how to be kind to yourself, and others, this holiday season:
Have your journal open and a favorite pen ready to write down your thoughts and feelings as you work through these exercises.
Share Your Gratitude with Someone Special: Expressing gratitude allows you to focus on who and what's important to you.
Sit quietly and take a few deep breaths
Turn your attention to someone in your life who’s been a mentor or guide for you. It could be someone who has helped shape you into the person you are today. If possible, choose someone who's still living.
Write down all the reasons why you're grateful for this person.
How have they influenced you?
What difference have they made in your life?
What is it about them that you admire and respect?
What are you grateful for about this person?
4. Now, it's time to let this person know how you feel! Give them
a call or write them a letter or send them an e-mail and give
them the gift of gratitude!
5. Notice how you feel during and after sharing your gratitude
Creating a Personal Gratitude Practice begins with taking 5 minutes out of the day to write down what you're grateful for. When you focus on gratitude you're tapping into your inner Wisdom - the part of you that "knows" what's important and valuable to you and your spirit.
Write down 3 things, people or situations you’re grateful for. Leave room under each for additional writing. It can be something simple as your morning coffee or as important as a loved one.
Under each gratitude item, write why these are important to you. Why are you grateful and how do you feel about them? The key here is to be specific.
Creating a Peaceful Relationship with Your Body.
Now, turn your attention to your body. By recognizing and appreciating your body, you can create a more peaceful relationship with her.
Write down 5 parts of your body that you’re grateful for. Don’t worry about whether you like each part or not – there is no room for judgement or criticism here. Leave space after each entry.
Under each body part, write why you’re grateful for each part. How does this part serve you? Why is this part important to you? Be specific.
Taking the time to work through each of these exercises helps you create connection with others and with yourself. Continue creating a gratitude practice on a regular basis to benefit from this amazing gift.
I’d like to take a moment to express my gratitude for you! WISER Woman Coaching and Personal Development wouldn’t be what it is today without you. I wish you peace and joy over the Holiday Season and look forward to serving you in the New Year!
If you’d like some help Creating a Gratitude Process or a more Peaceful Relationship with Food and Your Body over the Holiday Season, I’d be delighted to chat.
Connect with me to book your complimentary Love Your Body ~ Love Yourself Strategy Call.